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ISB hosts the third consecutive SMS India Special Conference

We hosted the third Strategic Management Society (SMS) India Special Conference at our Hyderabad campus. The conference was a four-day event, December 15-18, 2018, with numerous sessions and workshops.

The conference was instrumental in bringing together the worlds of reflective practice and thoughtful scholarship. The Society consists of over 3,000 members representing a kaleidoscope of backgrounds and perspectives from more than 80 different countries.

The very first special conference in India was held in 2008, convened by late Professor CK Prahalad emerged as a watershed moment in shaping scholarly research in India. This year’s conference theme was ‘Rethinking Corporate Strategy in the Age of Paradox’, and it explored issues in corporate strategy from multiple vantage points. The conference was attended by 158 institutions/companies, and 168 proposals were presented.

A Deans Conclave was organised on the occasion where heads of business schools from India and abroad discussed issues and challenges facing management education. Heads of 20 business schools, including Directors of four Indian Institutes of Management, participated in the conclave.

Five workshops and 43 panel discussions were organised as part of the conference to help build the capacity of doctoral students and junior faculty in management education. Special workshops on paper development, interaction with editors of prestigious journals, a research café to discuss collaborative research ideas and a scholar-practitioner workshop to bring to the classroom scholars and practitioners to look at ideas in strategy attracted a large number of participants. A total of 313 participants from 21 countries registered for the conference.

SMS India Special Conference also hosted a Gala dinner on December 17, 2018 at Taramati Baradari, a historical Sarai as part of Ibrahim Bagh, a Persian style garden built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, the fourth Sultan of Golconda. The dinner served as a networking platform and exposed the participants to the rich Hyderabadi Tehzeeb (culture).

The conference, as intended, drew thought leaders from academia and industry to spur energetic conversations and discovery.